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Welsh Government must support experimental marine energy technology – William Powell AM

November 23, 2014 11:13 PM
Originally published by William Powell

Speaking in a debate today on Climate Change and Renewable Energy, William Powell AM, Welsh Liberal Democrat Spokesperson for Natural Resources, has called on the Welsh Government to get behind emergent marine energy technologies to strengthen the rural economy and tackle Climate Change.

William Powell AM, Mid and West Wales, said:

"Climate Change is one of the biggest challenges facing Wales and the lives of our future generations. There is much we need to do to adapt and protect our society, environment and economy from the threats it presents.

"Part of this approach must be to decarbonise our energy generation grid and maximise the potential presented by emergent renewable energy technologies such as wave and tidal devices.

"This is why I have consistently pressed the Welsh Government to do more to support experimental marine energy technologies and their supply chains, so that Wales is best placed to take full advantage of the economic and environmental benefits such technologies have the potential to bring to Wales.

"One such device is Tidal Energy Ltd's DeltaStream turbine which is on the verge of being installed off the coast of Pembrokeshire. Such projects are only possible through the investment of European Union funds through the Welsh Government.

"Given this, it is essential that such projects are not jeopardised at the last moment by the Welsh Labour Government cutting their funding."